Building on an existing undergraduate animal studies program, Becker College in Worcester has formed a school of animal studies, it announced today.
Becker officials said their eventual goal is to offer an animal studies graduate program.
"The new school establishes the foundation on which Becker will continue to grow its keystone animal studies program, with the eventual goal of offering graduate degrees for the first time in its 229-year history," said Betsy Fuller, Becker's vice president for academic affairs.
Becker's school will be led by veterinary pathologist Dr. Richard French, who most recently oversaw the pre-veterinary program at the University of New Hampshire.
Besides the title of dean, French will also hold the position of Allerton Chair of Animal Studies – Becker's first endowed academic position.
If Becker were to launch a graduate degree program in animal studies, it would be the second institution in Central Massachusetts to do so. Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton offers master's degrees and doctoral programs.